Taming the Tongue Requires a New Heart

Sermon on James 3:1-12 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on June 26, 2016

James 3, verses 1-12 today. It’s the longest discussion in the New Testament on the use of our tongue. Let’s read it together… Continue reading

Faith Without Works Is Dead (Part 2)

Sermon from James 2:18-26 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on June 12, 2016

We’re covering a section that has challenged the church over the centuries, especially Reformed Protestants who rightly confess that justification is by faith alone apart from works. That’s nearly a quote from Romans 3:28, “We hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” And yet—at least at first glance—James seems to be asserting something different. He says in verse 24 that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. So the famous question becomes, “Is James contradicting what Paul says in Romans 3:28, that we cannot be justified by works?” Continue reading

Faith Without Works Is Dead (Part 1)

Sermon from James 2:14-17 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on June 5, 2016

Our Actions Must Match Our Words

Sometimes I listen to the news while driving. On Wednesday these two guys were discussing the recent scandal at Baylor University. There’s still much investigation that must happen to determine the innocent and the guilty, but it looks like another case where leadership didn’t abide by school policy in reporting sexual assault. But the news report ended this way. You had two news reporters who aren’t Christians. And they both noticed that the leadership often said in past interviews how much Christian values mattered to them. Then one of guys says this: “If you’re going to say that Christian values matters, then your actions better match your words.” Continue reading

Faith in Christ Excludes Favoritism

Sermon from James 2:1-13 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on May 29, 2016

Thank you, Aaron Hicks, for preaching last Sunday. What a great reminder that our posture in life must be that of sitting before the King’s word and receiving from his extravagant love in the gospel before we go about our works. What Aaron shared last week really has everything to do with where James will take us this morning. Because when we truly grasp God’s glory and mercy in Jesus Christ, it will transform the way we view and treat other people. Continue reading

Be Doers of the Word

Sermon from James 1:22-27 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on May 15, 2016

Let me stop and recognize all of our Discipleship Hour teachers, from those who led the children in DIG to the adult class. I speak as an elder and as a parent when I say this: thank you for your self-less labors in preparation and getting here earlier every week and patiently caring for and instructing the people given to you. God uses your gifts to build up this body, and we’re all the stronger by the example you’re setting. I was particularly amazed this year Continue reading

Man’s Anger Does Not Produce God’s Justice

Sermon from James 1:19-21 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on May 8, 2016

A World of Angry People

We live in a world full of disappointment, trouble, injustice, imperfections, evil—and you get angry and I get angry. In one sense, anger is natural because we’re created in God’s image. We have a built-in capacity to be angry at all that belittles the glory of God and questions the ways of our Creator. It’s the righteous anger that should’ve been in Adam when the Serpent tempted his wife. And it is the anger we see in Jesus when he rebukes those who pervert the worship of God. Continue reading

Overcoming Pride in Riches by Looking to the Crown of Life

Sermon from James 1:9-12 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word (Part 3)
Delivered on April 24, 2016

It’s fairly common for people to equate prosperity with significance. The world often judges people by riches, fame, and social status. Your value and your meaning in life is bound up with your possessions, the world tells us. But then there’s Jesus, the Son of God. The most significant person in the universe. He is one with God the Father from all eternity. Yet Jesus chooses to enter this world on behalf of sinners, not in the pomp and class of a rich boy but as a slave (Phil 2:8). Continue reading